The Forest of Bowland: a few glimpses of hedgehog territory

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This post serves “only” to show where the unusual hedgehog was roaming:

Photos from yet a rare encounter: Forest of Bowland Hedgehog

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On a previous occasion a dragonfly kept hanging around for a photo shooting session, a most unusual experience; then the other day we encountered a hedgehog in an unexpected place, on the top of a hill in the Forest of Bowland, and at an unusual time, namely of day:

(click on a photo to see it in full size)

It stayed around for a long time, bit the lense and the sleeve of my jacket twice, but it was unclear whether it was in jest or with intentions of harm. Cute little bugger – it was still roaming the hill when we left.

Wikipedia reads:

All hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal, although different species can be more or less likely to come out in the daytime. The hedgehog sleeps for a large portion of the daytime either under cover of bush, grass, rock or in a hole in the ground. Again, different species can have slightly different habits, but in general hedgehogs dig out dens for shelter. All wild hedgehogs can hibernate, although not all do; hibernation depends on temperature, species, and abundance of food.

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Face2Face with a Dragonfly: Photos from a rare encounter.

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I recently had the rare opportunity of coming face-to-face with a Dragonfly in the rain forest near Loreto in the Napo region of the Ecuadorian Amazon – this is what it looked like (click on pix to see a slightly bigger version or ask for originals, if you have a good idea for using them):

A Dragonfly on a wire

and coming up close to the bugger…

In your Dragonfly face!

The wing of a Dragonfly

—– great pattern, init?!?!?

The pattern of a Dragonfly wing

This is a link to a 1200x803px JPEG shot of the Dragonfly – cropped a bit and compressed with The GIMP:

Dragonfly 1200 x 803 pixels

and also an un-cut 1024×768 on MyShutterSpace: